This year’s North American Organic Brewers Festival (NAOBF) in Portland, OR will showcase organic beers from more than 40 breweries. The list of participants includes three Washington Breweries: Elliott Bay Brewery, Fish Tale Ales, and Pike Brewing. The event will take place at Portland’s Overlook Park the last weekend in June (26th, 27th, and 29th).
Overlook Park is located just north of downtown Portland, overlooking the Willamette River and the city. It is on the MAX yellow line. Festival goers are encouraged to use public transportation. Show your validated Tri-Met ticket and get a dollar off your tasting fee. There is no parking at Overlook Park. This is, after all, a festival to celebrates sustainability.
Admission is free. Participation in beer tasting is $6 for a reusable, yet compostable, cornstarch tasting glass and samples are $1 a ticket. A full glass is 4 tickets. Strong beers (over 8% ABV) and certain imported beers will cost more.
Beers poured at the NAOBF range from pilsner to porter, amber ale to Belgian wit, and plenty of Northwest India Pale Ales. Last year the event poured over 75 different organic beers, drew about 15,000 attendees and raised money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Oregon Tilth (a certification body dedicated to organic agriculture), and brought in hundreds of cans of food for the Oregon Food Bank. This year, the NAOBF is proud to add a new beneficiary to the list–Willamette Riverkeeper, a non-profit organization whose sole mission is to protect and restore the Willamette River.
For more details, visit the NAOBF Web site.